Food Deserts: Access to healthy foods is often at the crux of both child hunger and childhood obesity. In Idaho, many Latinos live in “food deserts,” where supermarkets and other food retailers are not easily accessible in neighborhoods where families live. In this vignette, April Flores Mason discusses the food options for families living in a farmworker village in southwestern Idaho.

Blog Entry: Putting Food Solutions on the Table


Pinching Pennies: Families often develop strategies to buy healthy foods on a limited budget. In this vignette, Crystal from San Antonio describes how she stretches her dollar at the grocery store to buy nutritious food for her three children, including a young son with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease.

Blog Entry: Pinching Pennies: How One Latina Mom Feeds Her Family


Eating Well: Latinos tend to make a profound connection between eating well—“comer bien”—and the fundamental wellbeing and success of their family and community. As we listened to Latinos of all generations and ages, it became clear that the notion of “comer bien” is rooted not only in future aspirations for their families, but also in a sense of tradition and community where how one eats is as important as what one eats. In this vignette, José and Marina discuss their efforts to give their grandson Diego the food he needs to grow up to be healthy and happy.

Blog Entry: What We Can Learn from Latino Families about Healthy Eating


Through Great Lengths: Community Infrastructure: Latinos in urban environments often live in neighborhoods where healthy food is more expensive or lower quality—or nowhere to be found. In this vignette, Emily from San Antonio describes the time and effort she must invest in order to put healthy food on the table for herself and her children. The sacrifices she makes for a healthy diet have come with major successes, but she is constantly searching for a solution that doesn't take time away from caring for her kids or force her to choose food over bills. With the right investments, this nation can craft measures that make healthy choices easier.

Blog Entry: Through Great Lengths—The Predicament of Eating Healthy


Transportation and Safety: In this vignette, Jose describes the challenges that his family, friends, and neighbors have when shopping for food in Washington, DC, including travel far outside home neighborhoods or walking through unsafe areas. Links between violence—and the fear of violence—and healthy eating are disproportionately prominent in communities of color and low-income populations, which contributes to the widening gap in health and safety outcomes. Preventing violence is critical to reducing inequities in health for Latinos and other communities of color and to promoting healthy eating for all Americans.

Blog Entry: Connecting the Dots: Community Safety and Latino Child Nutrition


SNAP: Helping to "Do It All"
In this vignette, El Paso resident Geanette's juggling of her work, school, and parenting roles epitomizes how hard it is to "do it all" and keep our families' heads above water. On the plus side, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as "food stamps") helps her and more than 45 million other people—most of them in families with children—purchase a more adequate diet. Part of the solution to the child nutrition crisis is supporting and strengthening SNAP and other federal nutrition programs for Latino and other American families.

Blog Entry: "Helping to Do It All": The Role of SNAP in Keeping Latino Families' Heads above Water


Women, Infants and Children (WIC): In this vignette, Washington, DC resident Rosa describes the role that her community health center, La Clínica del Pueblo, plays in helping her connect to the WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Every day, community-based health centers like La Clínica provide health care to families to help them monitor and improve nutrition outcomes and also help their patients enroll in and receive WIC and other social services. Part of the solution to the child nutrition crisis is supporting and strengthening WIC and other federal nutrition programs for Latino and other American families.

Blog Entry: Climbing the Mountain Together: Providing a Culturally Appropriate Approach to Health Care and Nutrition


Healthy School Meals: School-based meals play a critical role in combating child hunger and obesity. In this vignette, El Paso parent Clarissa discusses the important ways in which La Fe Preparatory School helps her to improve her child’s nutritional intake and overall well-being.

Blog Entry:
Wellness for All: Supporting Latino Children’s Health and Nutrition in Schools

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